This is a short but rich and nuanced novel about a middleaged Belfast spinster.
Respected school teacher and locally known poet, fiftyish Sarah Vincent grew up in a welltodo Presbyterian family.
The family’s stately home (on the shores of Belfast Lough, not far from the Zoological Gardens) was divided into apartments after the death of Sarah’s father.
Sarah now lives in one flat, and her girlhood friends, Helen and Addie, live in the others.
For years, Sarah has regularly attended “tea parties” with her former school chums—among them: Mary, now a grandmother; the welltodo Florence; and 40yearold Joyce, the younger sister of Rose, who was the first of Sarah’s cohort to die (tragically, in her 20s, during childbirth).
Rose’s is not the only sad story.
Kitty, another unfortunate, is mentally ill and keeps to her bed.
Kindhearted This is a delight to read, it revolves around the relationships and lives of a group of men and women in Belfast in the 60s.
They are all middle aged and Sarah Vincent, a school teacher is the narrator.
She lives in her childhood home which is now divided into a number of flats close to the zoo.
As she gives us the back story to each of the characters we also follow her story.
There are a number of laugh out loud episodes, one in particular involves an interview by the BBC, these women are not to be trifled with.
The cruelty of adolescent girls belies the difficulties they face at this time in their own lives but I did feel for Sarah.
This book was very difficult to find, and I was looking forward to reading it, but, while it has its merits, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much.
The novel tells the story of Sarah Vincent, a 50 something spinster school mistress who lives in the home in which she grew up, a large house on the shores of the north shore of Belfast Lough, now broken into separate flats inhabited by two old school friends and the daughter of another old school friend, who lives there with her young family.
Sarah's life is her job, although she is also a published poet of local note.
She suffers from Sarah Vincent is in her fifties, single, a respected teacher and poet, liked by her friends but also protective of her privacy.
This is reflected in her home.
She still lives in the house she grew up in but it is divided into separate apartments which she lets out.
Her tenants are at once close and at one remove.
Her school friends have found different paths through womanhood – careers, marriage, children, good works.
Their regular reunions are occasions for rivalry as well as reminiscence.
Each piece of news is digested by the group and reframed into a form that fits their narrative.
It is clear that belonging brings pleasure but it also has a price.
The novel is cleverly structured so we see Sarah in relation to her contemporaries and to the past and future.
It was published in 1964, and Sarah and her friends are at the point where sex is rearing Maiden Dinosaur McNeill, Janet Livres NotRetrouvez Maiden Dinosaur Et Des Millions De Livres En Stock SurAchetez Neuf Ou D OccasionThe Maiden Dinosaur Janet McNeill Livres NotRetrouvez The Maiden Dinosaur Et Des Millions De Livres En Stock SurAchetez Neuf Ou D OccasionJanet McNeill The Maiden Dinosaur MacNeillNotRetrouvez Janet McNeill The Maiden Dinosaur Et Des Millions De Livres En Stock SurAchetez Neuf Ou D Occasion The Maiden Dinosaur By Janet McNeill The Maiden Dinosaur Ù Maiden Dinosaur Ý Download by ✓ Janet McNeill Takes Us To Belfast In Thes, And To Thronehill House, Standing Within Sound Of The Animals In Belfast Zoo It Was Once Sarah Vincent S Family Home Now Divided Into Flats Sarah Herself Lives In One Of The Flats, Surrounded Continually By The Ghosts Of Her Childhood Sarah Vincent Is Fifty, A Grammar School Teacher And Local Poet In The Other Flats Live Addie And Gerald, Kimberley And The Maiden Dinosaur McNeill, Janet Free The Maiden Dinosaur By McNeill, Janet Publication DateTopics Fiction In EnglishTexts Publisher Belfast Blackstaff Collection Inlibrary Printdisabled Internetarchivebooks China Digitizing Sponsor Internet Archive Contributor Internet Archive Language English originally Published, London , Bles,Access Restricted Item True Addeddate Boxid IAThe Maiden Dinosaur Janet McNeill Acheter EnglishThe Maiden Dinosaur De Janet McNeill English books Commander La Livre De La Catgorie Romans Et Rcits Sans Frais De Port Et Bon March Ex Libris Boutique En Ligne The Maiden Dinosaur Book,WorldCat The Maiden Dinosaur Janet McNeill Home WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help Search Search For Library Items Search For Lists Search For Contacts Search For A Library Create Lists, Bibliographies And Reviews Or Search WorldCat Find Items In Libraries Near You Advanced Search Find A LibraryThe Maiden DinosaurJanet McNeillFirst Published Inand Recently Republished In This Attractively Presented Paperback, Janet McNeill S The Maiden Dinosaur Is Set In Dublin And Focuses On A Group Of Friends, Several Of Whom Were At School Togetherthan Thirty Years Before And Who Have Kept In Close Touch With One Another Over The Years The Main Protagonist, Sarah Vincent, Is A School Teacher Whose Rambling Old Family Home,Customer Reviews The Maiden Find Helpful Customer Reviews And Review Ratings For The Maiden Dinosaur AtRead Honest And Unbiased Product Reviews From Our Users Masques Tissu Rutilisables, Masque Design PersonnalisLes Masques En Tissu Rutilisables Filtre De Vistaprint Sont Disponibles En Plusieurs Tailles Et Modles Personnaliss Dots D Un Systme De Filtration Remplaable
The Maiden Dinosaur takes us to Belfast in the 1960’s, and to Thronehill House, standing within sound of the animals in Belfast zoo; it was once Sarah Vincent’s family home – now divided into flats.
Sarah herself lives in one of the flats, surrounded continually by the ghosts of her childhood.
Sarah Vincent is fifty, a grammar school teacher and local poet.
In the other flats live; Addie and Gerald, Kimberley and Justin and their new baby, and Helen – one of Sarah’s greatest friends from school days.
Inside her flat Helen guards her ageing beauty jealously, mourns her daughter killed many years earlier and entertains her latest male companion, wondering whether this one will be the last.
All around Sarah are the echoes of the past; the voices of he é Maiden Dinosaur · It's hard to access a book about middle class ladies who lunch and are concerned with the concept of old age.
when you're a 19 year old boy living in postTroubles Belfast.
I mean some of the themes were interesting, but a lot of the characters felt the same and the scenes seemed to go nowhere sometimes.
The changing perspective was both innovative and extremely confusing.
It was weird, but anyway, I have to go write an essay on it now.
just finished this and I though of the Sarah the protagonist as a continuation of Leo from Hartley's The GoBetween.
Quite a surprise and a moving one at that: McNeill's ensemble of aging souls gives pause for thought.